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Scott County School decisions about re-opening won’t be made until later

Posted at 8:08 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 20:08:52-04

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) — Scott County Schools Superintendent Dr. Kevin Hub said they aren’t ready to make a decision on how the district’s K-12 schools will reopen for the 2020-2021 school year.

The Kentucky Department of Education released initial guidelines for reopening schools in May, which included three re-opening models and several options for alternative learning. You can read the full document here.

With weeks left until the earliest possible start date, Superintendent Hub said they have discarded an early opening date and are leaning towards a late opening. However, final decisions will be announced closer to August when they have a better idea of the role COVID-19 is playing in the community.

“We just want to make sure we can wait as long as we can to have that information be based on the most current, updated information in Kentucky,” said Hub.

Hub said their decisions will be influenced by government and health official recommendations. Due to the fact that guidance might change drastically in upcoming weeks, Hub said they would rather keep an eye on the growth of COVID-19 than make premature decisions.

“I think pools are going to open up and that’s going to give us a really good indicator of what it’s like to have a lot of children in really close proximity," Hub said. "It is either going to spike the coronavirus cases or there’s not going to be a spike and I believe that’s going to give our government and health officials either some confidence or it’s going to make them a little scared about sending all the children back to school."

The Scott County Schools calendar committee is working to develop the re-opening plans, but ultimately the final decision on day-to-day operations will come from the superintendent, according to Hub. However, a school board vote will be necessary for any changes to the current school calendar.